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John A Kellum
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Acute kidney injury is common and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Rates of acute kidney injury in most settings remain high and in some settings are increasing. Moreover, outcomes associated with acute kidney injury remain relatively poor. This review focuses on recent advances in understanding of acute kidney injury and discusses possible interventions based on these advances. RECENT FINDINGS: Acute kidney injury is not a disease with a single etiology and clinical course but rather a loose collection of syndromes whose unifying phenotype is an acute loss of glomerular filtration...
October 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Omesh Goyal, Sandeep Singh Sidhu, Natasha Sehgal, Sandeep Puri
OBJECTIVES: Hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) is a functional renal failure occurring in end stage liver disease, which is associated with poor prognosis. Terlipressin has been shown to be effective in treatment of HRS. More recently, it was suggested that noradrenaline, an alpha-adrenergic drug may be also effective in HRS. We aimed to compare the efficacy of noradrenaline versus terlipressin in treatment of HRS type 1. METHODS: Consecutive patients with cirrhosis and HRS type 1 were enrolled and randomised into 2 groups- Group A received intravenous noradrenaline infusion (0...
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Amr Shaaban Hanafy, Amr Talaat El Hawary
Objectives: Evaluation of the outcome and experience in 2 years of management of portal hypertensive gastropathy (PHG) by argon plasma coagulation (APC) in a cohort of Egyptian cirrhotic patients. Methods: This study was conducted over a 2-year period from January 2011 to February 2013. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed to evaluate the degree and site of PHG. APC was applied to areas with mucosal vascular lesions. Results: In total, 200 cirrhotic patients were enrolled; 12 patients were excluded due to death (n = 6) caused by hepatic encephalopathy (n = 3), hepatorenal syndrome (n = 2), or chronic lymphatic leukemia (n = 1), or did not complete the treatment sessions (n = 6), so 188 patients completed the study...
October 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Niranjan Gogoi, Sangitanjan Dutta, Chiranjita Phukan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Lena Sibulesky, Nicolae Leca, Christopher Blosser, Amir A Rahnemai-Azar, Renuka Bhattacharya, Jorge Reyes
There is a need to reassess the application of MELD and the impact of renal insufficiency with consideration for developing an algorithm with exception points that would lead to timely allocation of livers to patients with hepatorenal syndrome prior to occurrence of permanent renal damage without jeopardizing post-transplant survival.
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Mamatha Bhat, Bianca M Arendt, Venkat Bhat, Eberhard L Renner, Atul Humar, Johane P Allard
The intestinal microbiome (IM) is altered in patients with cirrhosis, and emerging literature suggests that this impacts on the development of complications. The PubMed database was searched from January 2000 to May 2015 for studies and review articles on the composition, pathophysiologic effects and therapeutic modulation of the IM in cirrhosis. The following combination of relevant text words and MeSH terms were used, namely intestinal microbiome, microbiota, or dysbiosis, and cirrhosis, encephalopathy, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, hepatorenal syndrome, variceal bleeding, hepatopulmonary syndrome, portopulmonary hypertension and hepatocellular carcinoma...
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Patricia Huelin, Salvatore Piano, Elsa Solà, Marialuisa Stanco, Cristina Solé, Rebeca Moreira, Elisa Pose, Silvano Fasolato, Nuria Fabrellas, Glòria de Prada, Chiara Pilutti, Isabel Graupera, Xavier Ariza, Antonietta Romano, Chiara Elia, Andrés Cárdenas, Javier Fernández, Paolo Angeli, Pere Ginès
BACKGROUND & AIMS: In patients with cirrhosis of the liver, acute kidney injury (AKI) is classified into 3 stages. Recent studies indicate that there are 2 subgroups of stage 1 disease, associated with different outcomes and serum levels of creatinine (sCr): stage 1A (sCr <1.5 mg/dL) and stage 1B (SCr ≥1.5 mg/dL). We performed a prospective study to validate, in a large series of patients with cirrhosis, the association between this new description and patient outcomes, as well as assess the relationship between AKI stage and the presence of acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF)...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Victoria T Isaksen, Maria A Larsen, Rasmus Goll, Jon R Florholmen, Eyvind J Paulssen
BACKGROUND: The metabolic syndrome is a worldwide health issue, with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (liver steatosis) being one of its features, particularly closely related to insulin resistance. This study aims to investigate whether quantification of hepatic steatosis by abdominal ultrasonography, using hepatorenal index, is a feasible tool for the prediction of insulin resistance, and thus the metabolic syndrome. METHODS: Patients were recruited from the Centre of Obesity at the University Hospital of North Norway, and among participants from the Sixth Tromsø Study...
2016: BMC Obesity
Juan P Arab, Juan C Claro, Juan P Arancibia, Jorge Contreras, Fernando Gómez, Cristian Muñoz, Leyla Nazal, Eric Roessler, Rodrigo Wolff, Marco Arrese, Carlos Benítez
AIM: To propose several alternatives treatment of type 1 hepatorenal syndrome (HRS-1) what is the most severe expression of circulatory dysfunction on patients with portal hypertension. METHODS: A group of eleven gastroenterologists and nephrologists performed a structured analysis of available literature. Each expert was designated to review and answer a question. They generated draft statements for evaluation by all the experts. Additional input was obtained from medical community...
September 8, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Rohan M Modi, Nishi Patel, Sherif N Metwally, Khalid Mumtaz
Hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) plays an important role in patients with liver cirrhosis on the wait list for liver transplantation (LT). The 1 and 5-year probability of developing HRS in cirrhotic with ascites is 20% and 40%, respectively. In this article, we reviewed current concepts in HRS pathophysiology, guidelines for HRS diagnosis, effective treatment options presently available, and controversies surrounding liver alone vs simultaneous liver kidney transplant (SLKT) in transplant candidates. Many treatment options including albumin, vasoconstrictors, renal replacement therapy, and eventual LT have remained a mainstay in the treatment of HRS...
August 28, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Young-Sun Lee, Hyun Jung Kim, Ji Hoon Kim, Yang Jae Yoo, Tae Suk Kim, Seong Hee Kang, Sang Jun Suh, Moon Kyung Joo, Young Kul Jung, Beom Jae Lee, Yeon Seok Seo, Hyung Joon Yim, Jong Eun Yeon, Jae Seon Kim, Jong-Jae Park, Soon Ho Um, Young-Tae Bak, Kwan Soo Byun
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Although both corticosteroids and pentoxifylline are currently recommended drugs for the treatment of patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis, their effectiveness in reducing mortality remains unclear. In this systematic review, we aimed to evaluate the therapeutic and adverse effects of corticosteroids, pentoxifylline, and combination by using Cochrane methodology and therefore determine optimal treatment for severe alcoholic hepatitis. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials from their inauguration until October 2015...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Tsung-Hsing Hung, Chorng-Jang Lay, Chih-Wei Tseng, Chih-Chun Tsai, Chen-Chi Tsai
Renal function impairment (RFI) contributes to poor prognosis in cirrhotic patients. However, there have been no studies that seek to identify the effect of different types of RFI on the mortality of cirrhotic patients. We used the National Health Insurance Database, derived from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Program, to identify 44365 cirrhotic patients between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007. RFI was identified in 2832 cirrhotic patients, including 1075 with acute renal failure (ARF) (169 with hepatorenal syndrome, HRS; 906 with non-hepatorenal syndrome, NHRS), 705 with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and 1052 with end stage renal disease (ESRD)...
2016: PloS One
Jiří Ehrmann, Květa Aiglová, Michal Konečný, Vlastimil Procházka, Drahomíra Vrzalová
UNLABELLED: There are 40 000-60 000 patients with cirrhosis in the Czech Republic. 2 000 die of this disease yearly. This group of patients needs a complex treatment and it is mostly an internist cooperating with other specialists. The most important for an ambulant internist is to diagnose the disease as soon as possible and start with treatment of chronic liver disease that could lead to a cirrhosis. It means especially chronic viral hepatitis, alcoholic or non-alcoholic steatosis/steatohepatitis, auto-immune liver damage and metabolic disease...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Michael D Wider
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Surgical Neurology International
Bushra Afroze, Margaret Chen
Fanconi-Bickel syndrome is a rare inherited disorder characterized by hepatorenal glycogen accumulation, renal tubular dysfunction, growth failure, and impaired utilization of glucose and galactose. We report the first two children with Fanconi-Bickel syndrome from Pakistan who presented with classical features of Fanconi-Bickel Syndrome. Both patients were found to be homozygous for a single nucleotide deletion in the SLC2A2 gene defined as c.339delC. This mutation was previously described in an Arab patient who was initially presented as permanent neonatal diabetes mellitus before developing classical features of Fanconi-Bickel syndrome...
September 2016: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
Chiagoziem A Otuechere, Oluseyi Adesanya, Precious Otsupius, Nathaniel Seyitan
Bitumen is a complex mixture of dense and extremely viscous organic liquids produced by distillation of crude oil during petroleum refining. Nigeria has a large deposit of natural bitumen, yet to be fully exploited. Discharges of petroleum hydrocarbons and other petroleum-derived products have caused environmental pollution and adverse human health effects in several oil-rich communities. In this study, bitumen obtained from a seepage source in Agbabu, the town of first discovery, was used in sub-acute toxicity studies in a rat experimental model, in order to assess potential health risks posed to local populace sequel to full exploitation of bitumen...
September 8, 2016: Renal Failure
Yuksel Seckin, Ali Yigit, Elif Yesilada, Gonca Gulbay, Yasir Furkan Cagin, Harika Gozukara, Yılmaz Bılgıc, Oguzhan Yildirim, Yusuf Turkoz, Zeynep Aksungur
Background. There are no studies investigating the relationship between endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) gene polymorphisms and hepatorenal syndrome (HRS). Aim. The purpose of this study is to elucidate whether eNOS gene polymorphisms (G894T and T-786C) play a role in the development of type-2 HRS. Methods. This study was carried out in a group of 92 patients with cirrhosis (44 patients with type-2 HRS and 48 without HRS) and 50 healthy controls. Polymorphisms were determined by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and melting curve analysis...
2016: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Pascal H Colson, Anne Virsolvy, Philippe Gaudard, Azzouz Charrabi, Maithé Corbani, Maxime J Manière, Sylvain Richard, Gilles Guillon
: Terlipressin is recommended as a gold standard to treat hepatorenal syndrome complicating liver cirrhosis. It is presented as a specific V1A receptor agonist, beyond its enzymatic conversion into lysine(8)-Vasopressin (LVP), able to counteract the splanchnic vasodilation. However, the complete pharmacological characterization of this drug with respect to the different vasopressin receptor subtypes is missing. We studied terlipressin intrinsic properties, focusing not only on V1A, but also on other vasopressin receptor subtypes...
August 29, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Salvatore Piano, Marta Tonon, Paolo Angeli
Ascites is the most common complication of cirrhosis. Ascites develops as a consequence of an abnormal splanchnic vasodilation with reduction of effecting circulating volume and activation of endogenous vasoconstrictors system causing salt and water retention. Patients with ascites have a high risk to develop further complications of cirrhosis such as hyponatremia, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and acute kidney injury resulting in a poor survival. In recent years, new studies helped a better understanding of the pathophysiology of ascites and acute kidney injury in cirrhosis...
July 2016: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Sammy Saab, Melissa A Jimenez, Sherona N Bau, Gina Choi, Francisco A Durazo, Mohammed M El-Kabany, Steven-Huy B Han, Ronald W Busuttil
BACKGROUND: The use of direct acting agents has changed the management paradigm of hepatitis C (HCV) in liver transplant (LT) recipients. However, the appropriate antiviral regimen in LT recipients on hemodialysis (HD) remains unclear. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated the safety and efficacy of sofosbuvir-based LT recipients on HD followed at the University of California Los Angeles. RESULTS: Twelve LT recipients on HD were treated for recurrent HCV with sofosbuvir-based therapy...
August 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
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